A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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Close Encounters 

Frost investigates the murder of a security guard at a quarry with an autistic teenager the only witness while DS Wallace helps Frost with an unusual series of burglaries.


Paul Harrison


R.D. Wingfield (characters), Michael Russell (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Insp. Jack Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt. Mullett
Caroline Harker ... DS Hazel Wallace
John Lyons ... DS George Toolan
Jimmy Yuill ... Charles Lightfoot
Maurice Roëves ... Stuart Mackintosh
Jane Gurnett Jane Gurnett ... Janet Carter
Jim Sturgess ... Laurence Burrell
Rob Spendlove Rob Spendlove ... Martin Burrell
Elizabeth Rider ... Helen Burrell
Paterson Joseph ... Colin Stokes
Sheila Whitfield Sheila Whitfield ... Sally Stokes
Sam Graham Sam Graham ... Ben Stokes (as Samuel Graham)
Andy de la Tour ... Oscar Manning (as Andy De La Tour)
Wayne Foskett ... Les Jameson


Autistic teenager Laurence Burrell is the only witness to an attack on a security guard at Denton's last remaining quarry and is hauled in by the police, later escaping back to the quarry, which he threatens to blow up. Frost is also kept busy when a woman claims that her ex-partner has abducted their young son, and Mr. Mullet is anxious that he investigate a series of burglaries which are strangely related. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

3 March 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK

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Dr. McKenzie: There's one odd thing.
Insp. Jack Frost: Odd? That's what I like!
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'Frost' back on form
5 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As has been said by me numerous times already, 'A Touch of Frost' is a personal favourite of mine, and one of my favourite shows from the detective/mystery genre. Do have a preference perhaps for the earlier-mid-show episodes over the later ones, but none of the episodes are less than watchable and none do anything to embarrass the show.

So much appeals about 'A Touch of Frost'. Love the mix of comedy (mostly through Frost's snide comments and quips) and dark grit, the tension between rebellious Jack Frost and by-the-book Mullet which has led to some humorous moments, how he interacts with the rest of the staff, the deft mix of one or two cases and Frost's personal life, how Frost solves the cases, the production values, music and of course David Jason in one of his best roles.

There may have been people initially sceptical about whether the show would work, and with Jason (a mainly comedic actor) in a departure from usual in the lead role. Scepticism very quickly evaporated, the first six seasons were top notch with a few not-quite-outstanding-but-still-very-good episodes but most of them being near-perfect to masterpiece. Was not sure initially as to whether the Seasons 7-9 two parters would work, having seen two parters not quite work with 'Lewis' for example, but all three worked brilliantly.

After feeling a little let down by Season 10's opening episode "Hidden Truth", not a bad episode but the weakest 'Frost' episode seen at that point of the show with Seasons 1-9 being of such a high standard, expectations were high for an improvement with "Close Encounters". And an improvement it was. On paper, "Close Encounters" had an interesting, if slightly strangely bizarre, basic premise that could have gone either way, and it executed it really well.

Production values as always are incredibly well done. It matches the dark, gritty tone of the episode beautifully with atmospheric lighting and the stylish way it's shot. The music is haunting without being over-bearing.

The script is well written, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and is thought-provoking and sometimes emotionally affecting. The story makes the most of its premise and does it in a way that is harrowing and poignant, Jim Sturgess' character Laurence was quite brilliantly written with the autistic traits spot on (speaking as an autistic person, Aspergers Syndrome to be more exact, myself). The other cases were hardly neglected and compelling, if not quite making the same impact, but the main plot, characterisation and interactions were so phenomenal that is ignorable.

Frost is a remarkably well-established character, and one cannot help love his amusing interaction with the rest of the officers, his personal life and his chemistry with Bruce Alexander's stern and by-the-book Mullet, who constantly despairs of Frost's unconventional approach. The scenes with Laurence were the highlights though.

Can't fault Jason as Frost, he is simply brilliant in the role as always with not one foot put wrong. All the supporting cast are on point, Bruce Alexander, John Lyons and Caroline Harker all solid as rocks. It was the performance of Jim Sturgess that wrenched my gut and moved me to tears, found myself really identifying with Laurence and his situation. There were times where he stole the show from under Jason, which is not easy to do and seemed an impossible feat before.

Overall, a superb return to form. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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